Blind Behavior

You can listen to an audio version of this essay here. A few years ago, I was coming home from running an errand after work, taking a different subway line than I did when travelling straight from the office. So I didn’t end my evening ride home in the usual station. But this fact did not register with my brain, which was operating on commuter autopilot. I paused for probably less than two seconds to get my bearings after exiting through the turnstiles. In that tiny sliver of time, a man stopped and asked if I needed help.

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